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In Defense of Hubpages
Best place l´ve found to write... Hubpages
Thank You Hubpages
Having read, occasionally (but still, far too often )of people either leaving hubpages or criticising certain things about it, for allsorts of reasons, l feel compelled to write the complete opposite. i.e. How grateful l am to have found hubpages.!
Where else can you write about any subject you want to , get great feedback from other writers, with no monetary cost to yourself? l´ve looked at many similar sites they pop up all over the net, but every one l´ve seen lately has a fee for joining, unlike hubpages.
There are countless competitions for short stories, poetry, etc, but always a quite substantial entry fee. here on Hubpages we have contests that cost us nothing but our time . What about the Hubmob?? Even the word makes me laugh and makes me feel young again. Look out , blow up the balloons, here comes the Hubmob!
Many writers have left hubpages because they are not earning a small fortune or even enough to cal it earning a living (l am one of the many, whose account goes up in cents, but l put much of that down to my inexperience with computers. l don´t understand ´´links´´. l´m still not any good at understanding keywords but most of all , if our money is earned from people clicking on our adverts. ..... How on earth can you force someone to click on an advert on your page,.? l´m happy they´re at least reading my page)´
Apart from that, l distinctly remember when l joined hubpages being informed clearly that it IS possible to make money from hubpages, but ´Don´t give up the day job!´
It was made perfectly clear that hubpages is not the place for earning a good living, but you can make some extra cash., so did the writers think this information was a joke?. Or are there some arrogant people out there who didn't believe what they were being warned of and thought, they were different and would easily make a fortune?.
l went into this with my eyes open but hoping to make a little cash.
However money or no money , where else can you read such wonderful, serious, consice, information like you will find on the page of James. A. Watkins.? His hubs are jam-packed with information written in a beautiful way, without a lot of the extra drivel that you sometimes have to wade through to get at the information you really want?
Patty Inglish is another great writer, l can only imagine what it would have cost me to read her articles in book form from a store. l´d want every hub on Native Americans, for a start.
l doubt l could afford all the books l´d want to buy from these two writers, without going into all the poets on hubpages. We have seriously good writers here that we can read in the comfort of our own homes and it´s free.!
There are so many Plus signs for hubpages.
l started writing as a child without realising that it would become a passion. l simply got good grades for essays at school, always., and during school holidays if l wasn´t reading , l would often be writing a story for no particular reason. l enjoyed scribbling away and l had one Aunt who enjoyed reading my scribbles , commenting that l had Á vivid imagination´and l should keep writing. l was about 7 or 8 at the time, so it didn´t mean much to me..
When l reached my early teens, it was poetry that became my passion.. reading it and writing my own, l still thought that poetry itself was my passion , not the writing of it.
Being the strange person that l am, l used to hide all my poems in a secret place, so as not to allow anyone to see them.embarrassed.. After all poets, authors, songwriters, all give of themselves when they write,and l hated the thought of my writings exposing the real me. l was such a private person. In fact a very shy teenager, therefore l was terrified of the criticism that may come from anyone who read my work. l would have been crushed........
Getting Slightly Bolder
When l was a bit older l had SOME confidence and so my best friend , then later my husband were allowed to read my work..However hubpages is the first place that l have felt comfortable putting my work into print that anyone can read all over the world.
Thank you hubpages for ´drawing me out´ taking the fear of critisism away . Having a silly made-up name is a big help too. It was a long time before l could bring myself to put a picture of myself on a hub..
Hubpages has a wonderful set-up.. Of course it is the authors themselves that help to make it work, ,but without the platform of hubpages, l definitely would not be writing so much or reading so much from my peers.
To have an encouraging comment from another hubber is a joy that lifts me up and makes me want to write more..
Reading experiences of the lives of other hubbers, often puts my own problems into a little corner, as quite insignificant., in comparison.
l could go on and on about why l think hubpages is a great place for new writers.
Really experienced writers, like Patty Inglish, are not intimidating, quite the opposite.Patty has a very caring attitude to new, nervous writers.. l´ve learned a lot from reading her hubs and she´s answered questions for me, that have helped to spur me on.....
So, if we remember that there are negatives in every aspect of every day life, Why should hubpages be any different.? From where l stand and look at the site, the positives far, far outway the negatives.
It´s everyones´own choice if they want to leave hubpages, but think twice about how good it is for your work to be read , with no publishing fees.
Above all, or Last but certainly not Least......the greatest bonus for belonging to hubpages is the wonderful hubfriends you collect. It would be silly of me to even begin to name names, because l would surely leave someone out.. There are so many who give me a boost on a bad day, by what they write, or if they comment on my writing.
l, for one, am very grateful to hubpages.